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Totally Zonked! Dealing With Pregnancy, Fatigue and Work

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 142

Some call it coma sleep, others call it the black hole, insatiable sleep, the total zonk, shattered (England), and finally rode hard and put away wet (courtesy of my relatives in Oklahoma). All of these phrases refer to how unbelievably tiring it can be to be pregnant, especially early on.

I thought I was a pretty good veteran of fatigue having traveled the world giving seminars. I once gave 21 consecutive, all day seminars, in a country with an 8 hour time difference. Traveling home from trips like that I would often think that the compounded fatigue would kill me, but it was nothing compared to the first few months of being pregnant. When I complained of my insatiable need for naps to my OBGYN she said, "Isn't it amazing that something the size of your fingernail could cause so much trouble? Just get some extra rest." Easy for her to say.

So how can an expectant professional get the rest she needs and still do a great job at her job? Here are some ideas:

(Please note this advice is anecdotal and not medical. Always check with your OBGYN when considering the advice of others.)

1. Go into survival mode. This means that you do two things in your life right now: SLEEP AND WORK. That's it! The fatigue won't last forever (hopefully) and it is important that you give your body the rest it needs. Obviously your work won't wait so stay as productive and focused as you can at work and spend the rest of your time, literally, resting and sleeping (except when doing your exercise of choice). That might mean creating a new arrangement with your partner regarding errands and housework, getting a housekeeper, or inviting your teenage niece to come and stay with you for a while. Whatever the case, take your fatigue seriously and make some time for more rest.

2. Be selective about what you do. Before agreeing to anything that does not involve work or sleep ask yourself if this action will require or renew your energy. If it renews you then do it. If it requires energy then take a pass. So, when your brother calls to see if you will host the annual family picnic in 3 weeks you say, "No! I am really taking care of myself right now. Maybe next year."

3. Energize yourself. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years you know that what you eat and what you do with your body can have a major effect on how you feel. Eat healthier and consider doing regular pregnancy yoga or swimming during your pregnancy. If you are too tired (or nauseous) to even consider this, try it for just one week. You might feel the difference and choose to do another and another.

Brenda Abdilla is the president of Management Momentum, a Denver firm specializing in executive coaching and recruitment. Brenda works with both individuals and management teams who are ready to drastically improve productivity and results as well as hone skills in time and stress management, work flow, conflict resolution, and leadership. For clients in need of talent, Management Momentum provides a proven and customized search and recruitment process to handle critical aspects of the search process and guarantee the best possible results in today's job market. To learn more, and to sign up for her free monthly newsletter The Coaching Minute, please visit or call Brenda at 303-456-1210.

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